211-0100/21-2N Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of flavour chemistry and bioflavour production

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of flavour chemistry and bioflavour production
Department of Food Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD) invites applications for a position as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of flavour chemistry and bioflavour production from 1 May 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The department has a well-established research area within flavour science with dedicated analytical capability (e.g. GC-MS, GCO-MS-MS and PTR-TOF-MS) for studying impact compounds and pathways of flavour formation and stability in foods and fermented systems. With the current position, the Department is expanding the flavour research area by focussing on new ways of flavour formation by biochemical engineering and fermentations, e.g. in plant-based matrices and processing. Besides flavour formation pathways, the position can also open up for studying flavour-matrix interactions, e.g. molecular interactions (flavour binding and transport phenomena) in alternative protein formulations.

The Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will be part of the Section for Design and Consumer Behavior (DCB), which is among the leading scientific environments within integrated approaches to future food design, innovation, and addressing preference behavior of consumers. Although part of the DCB section, the candidate is expected to develop her/his research in close collaboration with other research groups within food microbiology, food chemistry/physics, foodomics and sensory science. The Tenure-Track Assistant Professor’s duties will primary include research and development of the field including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication. The candidate is expected to contribute to research-based teaching within the BSc and MSc programmes as well as student project supervision.

The Tenure-Track Assistant Professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.

The Department of Food Science is internationally recognized for excellence in food science research and education, strong industrial collaboration and with a vibrant international environment, where English is the primary working language. The Department has the mission to contribute with new fundamental knowledge and innovative solutions for society and industry in order to support sustainable food production, food security and safety, as well as production of palatable and high-quality novel foods promoting human health and well-being.

The ideal candidate should have qualifications and experience in following areas:

  • Analytical flavour chemistry
  • Biochemistry of flavours
  • Flavour biotechnology
  • Flavour-matrix interactions
  • A collaborative and innovative mind-set
  • International network and collaborations
  • Good teaching and supervising skills

In addition to the above mentioned qualifications, applicants are required to have a relevant PhD degree, e.g. within analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, flavour science.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://food.ku.dk/english/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Anna Haldrup (anna.haldrup@food.ku.dk).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 440.935 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 75.399).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The tenure-track programme
An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

Criteria for promotion

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in  high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period
  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications
  • A significant track record of successful external research funding [Formuleringen tilrettes efter forskningsområdets muligheder for at tiltrække ekstern finansiering]
  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group
  • Completed https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses
  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • Please describe and document international network and relations
    • Please describe and document internationally based activities
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
    • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 24 October 2021, 23:59 GMT+2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 3 March 2022.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0100/21-2N.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Anna Haldrup


Application deadline: 24-10-2021
Employment start: 01-05-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food Science
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